CHOPIN – DAVID FRAY

OUT FEBRUARY 17, 2017

Chopin’s music had been absent from Fray’s active repertoire for some 15 years before he recorded this recital, which comprises seven of the composer’s nocturnes, three mazurkas, a polonaise, a waltz and an impromptu. When Fray talks about Chopin – who died in Paris in 1849 aged just 39, having exercised a transformative influence on the piano repertoire – it becomes clear that he sees the composer’s work in archetypally Romantic terms: “For me, Chopin’s music is very fragile, vaporous, perfumed … somewhat intangible. It is so fluid and evanescent – you need to feel that it could just disappear at any moment. What makes it so touching is this ephemeral quality – the mazurkas are like something that you write in the sand … You know that it will be washed away, but the memory will remain. His music palpitates with a sense of the unexpected, the inspiration of the moment. If you tried to engrave it into marble, it would die.”

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20 January 2017 - Abu Dhabi Theatre
  • Date & Time: 20 January 2017, 20:00

  • Location: Abu Dhabi

  • Venue: Abu Dhabi Theatre

  • Performing with: Renaud Capuçon 

  • Repertoire: Bach, Beethoven

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